Esmé Clifford Astbury

Esmé Clifford Astbury

WWI novels: A retrospective

To mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War, Books Editor Esmé Clifford Astbury encourages readers to tuck into one of these novels

The Embassy of Cambodia by Zadie Smith – review

Zadie Smith’s The Embassy of Cambodia is a unique, thought-provoking novel, which shows how the small things in life can raise big questions, says Books Editor Esmé Clifford Astbury

Editor’s picks: winter reads

As the weather turns cold and the days grow short, Books Editor Esmé Clifford Astbury reveals her favourite winter reads

‘I had to ring up Colin Firth and tell him he was dead’

Helen Fielding discusses her latest novel, Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy, at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre

Literary daytrip: Hathersage

Books Editor Esmé Clifford Astbury invites you to hop on a train to Hathersage and walk in the footsteps of Jane Eyre and Elizabeth Bennet

The MANchester Booker Prize 2013

The reviews are in! Books Editor Esmé Clifford Astbury invites readers to vote for their favourite

Helen Isserlis talks teenage angst, Spike Milligan and e-cigarettes

Emerging poet Helen Isserlis talks to Books Editor Esmé Clifford Astbury

Top five literary nights out in Manchester

Looking to escape the madness of Freshers’ Week? Check out some of these bookish venues

Taking on the Man Booker Prize

Esmé Clifford Astbury considers this year’s Booker Prize shortlist and invites readers to take a stab at predicting the winner

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